Ten years ago, the Bentley Vanguard reported that I started teaching a new class where students bought Pocket PCs instead of textbooks. There were no iPhones or iPads. Today, nearly every student owns a mobile device, and I am an author of their textbook. Who would have predicted?
10 yrs ago, my students used PocketPCs instead of textbooks. Today most have smartphones & I authored their textbook. pic.twitter.com/ZtQlSB9jfU
The feature explores tools for teaching big data as well as the implications of big data in higher education, and is now online. I need a new picture.
Here’s a teaser quote:
When Tim O’Reilly and Dale Dougherty first described the Web 2.0 phenomenon back in 2005, one of the characteristics they cited for business models for the next generation of software was “Data as the next Intel Inside.” As companies and their applications moved to the Web, data gave them power. Today, data is at the center of a company’s value: Tweets, searches, and Likes give Twitter, Google, and Facebook information that determines the advertising you see when you use their services and provides revenue from advertisers that keeps these sites available at no cost to users.
I was interviewed tonight for five minutes on the radio about the flipped classroom.
Last night I received an email from Todd Smoot, Executive Producer of News and Programming at KCBS Radio 740 in San Francisco. He wrote:
Hi Professor Frydenberg… We saw the article in the Sacramento Bee about the increasing practices of “flipping” in education. We were wondering if you might have a few minutes tomorrow for a brief telephone interview about “flipping” … What it is? How it works? Why it might be a better method of teaching? The interview would be live on the phone with our anchors and last about 5 minutes. The best times for us are 5:20p, 7:30p or 9:30p (all times Eastern).
I sent them my phone number and asked to be on the 9:30 pm broadcast. At 9:30 pm, the phone rang. A producer told me the anchors’ names, Jeff Bell and Patti Reising. 60 seconds later I was on talking with them on the radio. 5 minutes and 4 seconds they brought the conversation to a close. The producer thanked me, and I hung up the phone. A few minutes later, they sent me an email message with the audio file.
Their questions… why flip? how can you tell if students watched the videos? what about the digital divide? Listen in and see what I had to say.
Thanks to KCBS News Radio for the recording, and for permission to share it.
Todd Smoot from KCBS Radio in San Francisco saw the article and invited me to talk with their news anchors about this topic on the radio tomorrow evening, Feb. 20, at 9:30 pm EST. You can listen in at http://cbssf.com .
Bentley provost Mike Page (at right) awarded professors Denise Hanes, Mystica Alexander, Jay Thibodeau, George Fishman, and me Bentley’s Innovation in Teaching Award for 2012 at the faculty meeting this morning.
My application was for the innovative teaching and learning that happens in the CIS Sandbox. It was an unconventional application: Usually these awards are associated with specific courses, and usually the teachers of those courses are actually teaching. In my case, not this time.
The innovative teachers and dedicated learners who made this recognition possible are the CIS Sandbox assistants and students who have embraced the changes we have made, and turned the CIS Sandbox into a place where students gather to teach, talk, tutor, touch, and try technology.
The first time I offered a flipped classroom activity, I asked students what they thought of the experience. One student said, “I finished the project. I learned more about Excel than I ever have in my life. To be honest, I hated it … but it sure beat a lecture.”
It was 2004. I was teaching IT 101 using Pocket PC’s. Here Greg Smith, who developed a Pocket PC application called Feeder Reader, spoke with me about teaching using student-created podcasts. This was before the age of iPhones and the mobile revolution.
I stumbled on this video interview we staged at on the roof of a restaurant in Lexington, MA, while looking for something else online.